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Professor Penner named President-elect of AGU Atmospheric Sciences

Posted: January 18, 2016

Professor Penner named President-elect of AGU Atmospheric Sciences

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Atmospheric Sciences Section recently selected Professor Joyce Penner to be the section’s President-elect.

“As president-elect of the Atmospheric Sciences (AS) section, I will seek to enable a larger conversation about how the meeting structure could evolve in ways that benefit our science and its evolving interdisciplinary nature,” Penner states on the AGU website.

Penner has been a member of AGU since 1978. Previous volunteer experience includes being the vice president of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science (2011–2015); chair-elect, chair, and retiring chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science section on atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences (2005–2008); chair/member of the AGU Macelwane Award Selection Committee (2008–2012); member of the AGU Publications Committee (2004–2008); technical summary review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I Fifth Assessment Report; review editor of Chapter 7: Clouds and Aerosols for the IPCC Working Group I Fifth Assessment Report.

The AGU atmospheric sciences section studies the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, particularly the two layers closest to Earth’s surface, the stratosphere and troposphere. These layers are crucial to life because they regulate the planetary surface temperature, play an integral role in the world’s water cycle, and screen the planet from high-energy radiation.

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